To the chief music-maker on
Aijeleth-hash-shahar. A Psalm. Of David.
My God, my
God, why are you turned away from me? why are you so far
from helping me, and from the words of my crying?
O my God, I make my cry in the day, and
you give no answer; and in the night, and have no rest.
But you are holy, O you who are seated
among the praises of Israel.
Our fathers had faith in you: they had
faith and you were their saviour.
They sent up their cry to you and were
made free: they put their faith in you and were not put to
But I am a worm and not a man; cursed by men, and looked
down on by the people.
I am laughed at by all those who see me:
pushing out their lips and shaking their heads they say,
He put his faith in the Lord; let the Lord
be his saviour now: let the Lord be his saviour, because he
had delight in him.
But it was you who took care of me from
the day of my birth: you gave me faith even from my mother's
I was in your hands even before my birth; you are my God
from the time when I was in my mother's body.
Be not far from me, for trouble is near;
there is no one to give help.
A great herd of oxen is round me: I am
shut in by the strong oxen of Bashan.
I saw their mouths wide open, like lions
crying after food.
I am flowing away like water, and all my
bones are out of place: my heart is like wax, it has become
soft in my body.
My throat is dry like a broken vessel; my
tongue is fixed to the roof of my mouth, and the dust of
death is on my lips.
Dogs have come round me: I am shut in by
the band of evil-doers; they made wounds in my hands and
I am able to see all my bones; their
looks are fixed on me:
They make a division of my robes among
them, by the decision of chance they take my clothing.
Do not be far from me, O Lord: O my
strength, come quickly to my help.
Make my soul safe from the sword, my life
from the power of the dog.
Be my saviour from the lion's mouth; let
me go free from the horns of the cruel oxen.
I will give the knowledge of your name to
my brothers: I will give you praise among the people.
You who have fear of the Lord, give him
praise; all you seed of Jacob, give him glory; go in fear of
him, all you seed of Israel.
For he has not been unmoved by the pain
of him who is troubled; or kept his face covered from him;
but he has given an answer to his cry.
My praise will be of you in the great
meeting: I will make my offerings before his worshippers.
The poor will have a feast of good
things: those who make search for the Lord will give him
praise: your heart will have life for ever.
All the ends of the earth will keep it in
mind and be turned to the Lord: all the families of the
nations will give him worship.
For the kingdom is the Lord's; he is the
ruler among the nations.
All the fat ones of the earth will give
him worship; all those who go down to the dust will make
themselves low before him, even he who has not enough for
the life of his soul.
A seed will be his servant; the doings of
the Lord will be made clear to the generation which comes
They will come and make his righteousness clear to a people
of the future because he has done this.